I support a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan because it is important to be in a position to take action if necessary against Pakistan, who has an unstable government, and not to mention, nuclear weapons. Our presence in Afghanistan exerts influence on Pakistan, which keeps that government to some extent in line. However, I do not believe the war in Afghanistan will ever be won as we think of winning wars traditionally. I do not support unrestricted spending on that war or the risking of American lives. I believe we should withdraw most ground troops soon and maintain only support and intelligence forces there.
I also pledge to do all that is possible to slow any future race to war without adequate analysis of the cost and probable benefit to the U.S. I am convinced that Congress failed to do this in its decision to declare war in Iraq resulting in costs, both human and financial, that far outweighed any possible benefits.